Gottfried Leibbrandt
Non Executive Director, CLS Group

Gottfried Leibbrandt

Steeped in economics, network theory and standards-speak, Gottfried Leibbrandt has spent a lifetime in payments and enjoyed them every moment.

Gottfried was a partner at McKinsey where he co-led the European payments practice.

He joined Swift in 2005, where he held several functions, including head of strategy and head of standards. From 2012 to 2019 he served as CEO.

He is the author a book on payments (“The Payoff: how changing the way we pay changes everything”, published earlier this year), as well as a PhD dissertation on the topic of network effects in payment systems.

He currently serves as board member of Fintech and FX settlement infrastructure CLS group.

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